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Gameday comes: D.C. at Sounders

Post by Don Ruiz / The News Tribune on July 3, 2013 at 1:08 am with No Comments »
July 2, 2013 9:10 pm

LogoDCIf it feels like it’s been a while, well, it has. But it’s game day again for the Sounders. Here are some basics:

D.C. UNITED (2-12-3; 9 POINTS)
7 p.m., CenturyLink Field.
KONG 6/16. RADIO: 97.3 FM.
HEAD TO HEAD: Sounders FC leads 3-2-2 overall, and the series is tied 1-1-1 in Seattle. The teams played to a scoreless draw last season at RFK Stadium.
NOTES: United’s point total is lowest in MLS, and its two wins match Toronto for fewest in the league. … D.C. is 0-5-2 away from home and the only MLS team without a road win. The Sounders are on a five-game home unbeaten streak. … United is last in MLS with eight goals. … Seattle will be without Osvaldo Alonso (quad), while United will be without Dwayne De Rosario (hip flexor) and Nick DeLeon (ankle). De Rosario is tied with Lionard Pajoy for the team lead with two goals, and also leads D.C. in shots and shots on goal. … Sounders defender Marc Burch spent five seasons with D.C., while United defender James Riley played three seasons in Seattle. United assistant coach Preston Burpo was goalkeeper for the second-division Sounders from 1997-2005. … This will be the 400th MLS regular-season game coached by the Sounders’ Sigi Schmid, who will become the first coach to reach that mark. … Sounders forward Eddie Johnson is one yellow card away from a one-game suspension. … The referee is Allen Chapman.
QUOTABLE: “They’re a team that continues to fight. And the moment you think it’s going to be easy, it’s going to be super-hard.” – Schmid on D.C.
NEXT: The Sounders visit Vancouver at 8 p.m. Saturday.

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